École de danse contemporaine de Montréal



MAY 24-27, 2023 - 7PM



20 412 pas pour la paix

MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2023


Discussion with the artists on May 25

WARNING: This show contains stroboscopic effects.

Presented by
60 minutes

Marie Chouinard + Jacques Poulin-Denis

Les danses de mai, opus 2023

After three years of intensive training, the graduating students of École de danse contemporaine de Montréal will perform for the last time in Les danses de mai, opus 2023. Artistic and program director Lucie Boissinot obtained the privilege to make a remount of Le Cri du monde by Marie Chouinard. Students will also present 20 412 pas pour la paix from Jacques Poulin-Denis’s repertoire.

Artistic director Lucie Boissinot


  • 20 412 pas pour la paix | Jacques Poulin-Denis

Created at L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2017

Move forward to surrender. Move forward to flee. Move forward to engage. Move forward to dance. Move forward like a landslide. Crumble together. Come together by changing. Change the world often, one step at a time.


  • Le Cri du monde | Marie Chouinard

Created at Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto, Canada, March 21, 2000

Produced by the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, co-produced with the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada).

A study of morphological fragmentation, Le Cri du monde is a deeply moving work that uses architectural observations of the body to talk about the forces and tensions that exist within us. The dancers portray the magnificent and untamable fury of Le Cri du monde in solo, duo and group compositions – an implacable machine that grinds bodies and extracts the lust for life. Orchestrating muted voices and frantic shouts, cries of distress and joy, Marie Chouinard reins them in to create an ecstatic dance, an organized chaos of articulated and dislocated bodies.


Production management Nicolas Labelle

Creation and performance advisor Isabelle Poirier

Lighting design Thomas Godefroid

Costume design Margot Lacoste, Jonathan Saucier

Choreography assistant (Jacques Poulin-Denis) Raphaëlle Renucci

Dancers Méanne Belisle, Gabrielle Boudreau, Laura Brisson, Alec Charbonneau, Sphynx Church, Meggie Cloutier-Hamel, Émile de Vasconcelos-Taillefer, Coralie Fortier, Camille Huang, Mya Métellus, Audric Raymond, Tommy Lee Salvas, Jérôme Zerges

Choreographer Marie Chouinard traveled all over the world as a soloist for 12 years before founding COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD in 1990. Her works with their avant-garde signature are nonetheless enduring and appear in the repertoires of major international ballet companies. Marie Chouinard creates a dance technique and enjoys a great reputation as a coach among performers. She is a director (films, applications, virtual reality works), an author (Zéro Douze), a visual artist (photographs, drawings, installations), and also creates scenographies, costumes and lighting for her stage works. She has received some thirty of the most prestigious awards and honours, and her name entered Le Robert in 2011. She founded the Prix de la Danse de Montréal in 2011 and was director of dance at the Venice Biennale from 2017 to 2020. Marie Chouinard is preparing a solo exhibition for the reopening of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Jacques Poulin-Denis is a choreographer and a craftsman of the performing arts with an unconventional sense of imagination. His works address the powerful vulnerability and the resistance of human beings confronted by the stiffness of our modern systems. They explore our individual hunger for self-determination and our (sometimes flawed) capacity to act upon our own lives. Jacques Poulin-Denis’s choreographic approach, marked by theatricality, is driven by his musical training and by the creation of devices such as prosthetics, machines and sensors that shape movement into a form of assisted choreography echoing his own disability. Counting over twelve different productions, Jacques Poulin-Denis’s work has been seen in over twenty cities across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was a an artist in residence at La Chapelle from 2014 to 2018 and at Agora de la danse in Montréal from 2018 to 2022. His most recent works include Parcours (ON / OFF) (2022), Punch Line (2020), Running Piece (2018), and the choreographic installation Turnover (2021), presented at the Musée d’art de Joliette. He develops an interdisciplinary approach to creation, which he regularly teaches through workshops and master classes. He is also a close collaborator of choreographer Mélanie Demers and has been active with her company, Mayday, as a performer and composer since 2007. In 2009, he founded Grand Poney, an interdisciplinary dance company of which he is the general and artistic director.